I was thinking about tripods in a totally different framework when I came across the very smart work of Carsten Hjort Lange (again!). In his 2009 book, Res Publica Constituta, he gives a new reading of the famous plaque from the Palatine in light of the use of tripods on the coinage of 42 BC (p. 172ff). A great read, but too long to extract here just follow the link!
I also came across a reading of the Tripods on the Coins of Herod (same time frame) that I thought delightfully sensible:
Further non-numismatic support for the idea that the tripod could be a general symbol of victory can be found here.
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In the spirit of doing something potentially foolish on April Fool’s Day, I wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoy this blog. I’m a junior scholar in classics, and although I suspect I know who you are, I will respect your anonymity (note I’m keeping mine 🙂 ). The ideas you’ve put out here are really exciting and so much more fun to read than a lot of what’s published through official channels because of that. I look forward to the book!
Thanks! Being in the weeds with my present chapter the encouragement is most welcome!